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I'm reading Technology and Social Inclusion, which is a fascinating book on the role of ICT in development, looking internationally and within underserved/poor/rural US communities as well. Today on Slashdot, there's a story on the Internet improving, not replacing social ties/networks, which connects well both with the Human/Social resources chapters of this book on the importance of communties of practice and social networks, and of course the social capital theories of Granovetter and crowd.